Author: Flo Bannigan

Optivion – ‘Light Spindle’ (album review)

Optivion – ‘Light Spindle’ (album review)

Fusing east and west in alternative electronic quirkiness, Optivion first came to our ears’ attention back in 2015 with Free Unicorn. Drawing influences from literally all over the place, Alex (lead vocalist/percussion/harmonica/guitar) and Rie (backing vocalist) have combined their talent once more with the release of Light Spindle. As they explain: The album is about the process of creativity: a […]

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Sharon Lazibyrd – ‘Half Shame and Half Glory’ (album review)

Sharon Lazibyrd – ‘Half Shame and Half Glory’ (album review)

We were impressed with Sharon Lazibyrd when she shared her EP, Opium of the Masses, just over a year ago. We knew then that the three tracks were just a taste of more to come and, sure enough, we now have an album to enjoy. Half Shame and Half Glory embraces Opium of the Masses and adds further, quirky, relatable […]

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Robb Murphy – “Sleep Tonight” (video premiere)

Robb Murphy – “Sleep Tonight” (video premiere)

When Robb Murphy releases something new, we know that we’re going to be treated to the best that Belfast’s contemporary folk scene has to offer. He’s known for the meaning behind the music. Whether its April Fool’s Day fun or the nostalgia of prom-days, Murphy has a habit of creating tunes that resonate with real life. “Sleep Tonight” follows this […]

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Rookes – ‘The Game & The River’ (EP review)

Rookes – ‘The Game & The River’ (EP review)

Describing herself as a Birmingham-native but based out of London, Rookes is the indie-pop project of Jenny Bulcraig. In development since October 2016, the debut EP The Game & The River provides a worthy showcase for her talent. Opening the EP with a folk-pop feel, title track “The Game & The River” gives a sweet, slightly angry exploration of emotion. […]

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Ian Late – ‘Choices’ (album review)

Ian Late – ‘Choices’ (album review)

Berlin-based singer songwriter Ian Late describes his music as “timeless pop”. There’s a nostalgic feel to his work, although the nine tracks that make up his forthcoming album, Choices, are also contemporary, relevant and relatable, with a musicality to the arrangements that’s delightfully engaging, too. Opening the album, “All That I Am”, which was released as a single on 21 […]

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Thirteen Mile – ‘Don’t Stop Never Stop’ (EP review)

Thirteen Mile – ‘Don’t Stop Never Stop’ (EP review)

There’s a trend for producers to come out from behind the mixing desk and into the spotlight. It’s gathering pace with the emergence of Thirteen Mile, the music brand of Manchester-based producer and songwriter David JL. Thirteen Mile’s debut EP, Don’t Stop Never Stop, is a collaboration with vocalist Tristan Henry, another studio man whose session vocals have appeared in […]

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Beaux Cheveux – ‘Ro Sham Bo’ (album review)

Beaux Cheveux – ‘Ro Sham Bo’ (album review)

When two artists rooted in AC/DC and Led Zeppelin come together, you’d expect lots of things. Rock, extended guitar solos, and screaming vocals. With their debut album Ro Sham Bo, however, Beaux Cheveux are none of those things. Instead, the combined creative talents of Adrian Conner (Hell’s Belles) and Clementine (Zepparella) have given birth to something somewhat electro, occasionally dream-pop […]

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Lorna Dea – ‘Comfort Zone’ (EP review)

Lorna Dea – ‘Comfort Zone’ (EP review)

We’ve had Lorna Dea picked out as one to watch for some time now. Her Motown-influenced, pure-pop style delivered bubbly up-beat girl-power in her 2016 debut EP, Little Spark, and her collaboration with Jack in a Box “Got To Have You” showed an unexpected, quirky side to her work. If we saw the promise of her talent, it’s not surprising […]

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Spill Gold – “Palms” (video premiere)

Spill Gold – “Palms” (video premiere)

Based in Amsterdam, Spill Gold brings a distinctly euro-phile vibe to their psyche-folk-rock sound. Embarking on an odyssey strangeness, the video expression of their track “Palms” moves from stripped-back and simple, washed-out landscape of virtual monochrome, through characters and actions that demand the viewers’ interpretation. Concluding with colour on a backdrop of coldness, this mini-film by Annelies Verhelst intrigues and […]

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The Black Leaders – ‘Fix Of Love’ (album review)

The Black Leaders – ‘Fix Of Love’ (album review)

The Black Leaders went down a storm when we featured their sophomore album Take It Easy back in 2016. Their follow-up Fix of Love is scheduled for release on 8th March and promises the same provocative rock edge. Hailing from Rennes, there is a distinctly French flavour to The Black Leaders, foregrounded in the vocal intonation of front woman Marie […]

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Cecilia Ebba – “Just Fantasy” (single premiere)

Cecilia Ebba – “Just Fantasy” (single premiere)

Does Cecilia Ebba create the most beautiful songs in the world? Spotify seems to think so, as they have included her work on the playlist of that name. Her new single, “Just Fantasy”, lives up to the reputation of its predecessors and we’re absolutely delighted to be premiering it here today. Swedish-born and London-based, Ebba’s music reveals her complicated love-hate […]

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Tazmin Barnes – ‘Powerful’ (EP review)

Tazmin Barnes – ‘Powerful’ (EP review)

Achieving chart success with a debut EP is remarkable. Getting there again with a sophomore release can be trickier. Often the best material, honed over years of writing and playing live, gets consumed by the debut. Tazmin Barnes‘ new EP, Powerful, avoids the sophomore trap. Four distinctive yet unapologetically pop tracks display her vocal energy alongside mature songwriting. It’s not […]

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Ola Szmidt – ‘EP1’ (EP review)

Ola Szmidt – ‘EP1’ (EP review)

 Polish-born and York-based Ola Szmidt offers uniquely soulful dream-music. Threading vocal improvisations through exquisitely constructed musical loops, she deliver a delicious melange of sound. Sit back, relax and be transported to somewhere blissfully strange through her debut album, EP1. Headphones are definitely recommended. Opening track “Autumn”, atmospheric and absorbing, introduces Szmidt’s mesmerising vocals, arranged with artistry that seems simple […]

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Jack In The Box feat. Lorna Dea – “Got To Have You” (single premiere)

Jack In The Box feat. Lorna Dea – “Got To Have You” (single premiere)

Having spotted Lorna Dea as one of our ‘Artists to Watch’ back in 2016 and enjoyed her debut EP, Little Spark, later that year, we’ve been wondering when she would pop up on our radar again with more of her deliciously addictive pop sounds. Sure enough, it won’t be long before we get to hear her latest work. Dea has […]

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Steve Benjamins – “Manhood” (single premiere)

Steve Benjamins – “Manhood” (single premiere)

Music can be about much more than pleasing tunes and engaging lyrics. Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Benjamins brings a touch of introspection to his single “Manhood”, exploring what it takes to be masculine at a time when male behaviour is coming under a critical spotlight. We’re delighted to premiere the single and Benjamin’s video here today. Sometimes less is […]

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Albert Man – “Say Something Loving” (single premiere)

Albert Man – “Say Something Loving” (single premiere)

When you’ve been following an artist as closely as we’ve been watching Albert Man, a new release is always a time of joy and anticipation. He’s been working on a batch of new music for 2018 and the first offering, the single “Say Something Loving”, drops on 2 February. It goes without saying that we’re absolutely delighted to bring it […]

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Sophie Coran – ‘All That Matters’ (EP premiere)

Sophie Coran – ‘All That Matters’ (EP premiere)

We’re always happy to hear a new, uniquely quirky, yet supremely talented artist. So when Sophie Coran dropped her single “All That Matters” back in August ’17, we were delighted to premiere it. We knew that it was a portent of things to come, so we awaited her sophomore EP with eager anticipation. Our patience has been repaid, as Coran’s […]

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Bousada – ‘Shake’ (EP review)

Bousada – ‘Shake’ (EP review)

Fancy a bit of hip-hop influenced electro gorgeousness? Meet Bousada, a producer and singer/songwriter who creates everything himself in a little room in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He gets out of the little room occasionally too, performing live with a loop machine, blurring the line between DJ and performer by playing, singing, and sequencing on the spot. Shake is Bousada’s […]

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Melanie Crew – ‘Midnight Sounds’ (EP review)

Melanie Crew – ‘Midnight Sounds’ (EP review)

As the tinsel and trees start to emerge ahead of the holiday season, it’s refreshing to find something simple and authentic. Meet Melanie Crew. Pure voice, simple acoustic accompaniment, and slice-of-life lyrics. Recorded and produced at her home in London, her music is a testament to musical integrity. Melanie Crew released her third EP, Midnight Sounds, just a few weeks […]

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Lahayna – ‘Lahayna’ (album review)

Lahayna – ‘Lahayna’ (album review)

It’s rare to find a band that hits its stride immediately, which is what Lahayna accomplished with their debut single, “In the City”, back in 2007, achieving UK music history by reaching #33 in the Official UK Singles Chart, despite being unsigned and with no radio airplay or industry support. The band’s bassist, Chris Church, explains: “We built a dedicated […]

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